Product managers are often likened to CEOs of their product lines. While the analogy isn’t perfect, it provides some rationale for learning from CEOs. What specifically? Leadership, strategy, and influence come to mind.
I was thinking about that as I listened to a radio show about Jack Welch after he passed away on March 1, 2020 at the age of 84. Fortune Magazine had dubbed him “manager of the century” in 1999. He had been credited with turning around an iconic American company in the 1980s. But critics also say “the seeds of GE’s downfall were planted under his tenure.” There’s some truth to both.